More than 2,000 high school and college students from around the world are in the Dominican Republic this week at the International Conference of the Americas.

For four days through Sunday, conferees are swapping ideas at seminars, workshops and round tables at the Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center.

The conference has 16 discussion committees that simulate United Nations commissions, organizations, agencies and programs. A significant number of participants are members of U.N. Associations -- groups of young people advocate issues including peace, security, human rights, development and the environment.

Among the topics on the conference agenda are: combating corruption, hemispheric security, the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the situations in Sudan and Haiti.

Conferees will use diplomacy and cooperation in a search for consensus and solutions.